Grateful Dead Live at Fox Theater on 1978-12-17
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
ACM(Sony 54P's)>DAT>CDR; Seeded to etree by Tim W
- 2004-04-05 16:20:47
- ACM(Sony 54P's)>DAT>CDR
- Atlanta, GA
- Fox Theater
Subject: never really liked donna, but...
This is one time I give her top honors, which I find usual for me. I really stopped listening to the Dead after Pig died, basically after "American Beauty," although I'd buy their stuff hoping they'd recapture their early charm, but disillusioned each time.
Like most bands back in those days, everybody kept putting out one shitty album after another, from the Stones to the Airplane (and especially their offshoot Starship) to Zeppelin until basically like Elvis before them they all became a caricature of themselves.
This will probably piss some royal deadheads off but that's how I see it. I remember them when they were the DEAD not just some country rock band like the Eagles or Poco or Flyin' Burrito Brothers making some bullshit records like Shakedown Street. But it seems like that's what the fans wanted, so that's what the dead gave them. They were never more popular than they were at that time. The only time they reverted to the DEAD was in moments like Drums and Space and Jams leading into "The Other One" or some other old song.
This is not a down-the-dead review. It's just an observation from one fan who remembers them back in the day when all the bands were not only good - like Tony the Tiger says, "They're Great!!!"
Like I mentioned, all the bands went that route, from the Beatles (especially solo) to the Stones (basically everything after "Exile on Main Street) and any other band you want to throw into the mix. They all lost something as the decade switched into the '70s and the freakout became country rock or folk ballads or, god forbid, disco.
And I'm not talking about folk music like early Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, or even early Peter, Paul and Mary, when folk music was folk music, not the bullshit that it became in the '70s with the likes of Jim Croce or Don McLean.
Like Elvis in the '50s who turned the world upside down, the bands of the '60s became like Elvis in the '70s - bullshit.
But this song by Donna, who to me was instrumental in bringing about the death of the dead, shines a little bit brightly on this song.
Maybe I'm just getting old, but for this song alone, I'll give this tape three stars.
Subject: memorable show
Subject: peggy o
Subject: keeps getting better
Subject: Very nice show from underrated year
This show was very strong. First set has a ver good Jack Straw, a great Passenger (I never understood why this was retired after '81) and a very nice BE Women > Music Never Stopped. The second set is epic, 7 songs before the drums with a nice Ramble On Rose, a classic Prophet > Eyes and a great Shakedown out of Drums and Olin Arageed space.
Subject: From the heart of us
Subject: Overlooked Show
Subject: Missed Aud.GEM
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